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Michael Anthony Raak (pronounced “Rock”) was born and raised in West University Place. He attended West University Elementary School and graduated from Lamar High School. He majored in film while attending The University of Colorado.
An experienced real estate specialist, Michael has a solid base of information regarding every aspect of purchasing or selling a home. His background is rich in knowledge that benefits each transaction with which he is involved. He previously worked for a developer/builder, which provided immense insight on potential pitfalls for not only new construction and repairing/rehab of resale homes, but also the economic development of urban areas as they change with the face of the market.
When working with a buyer he takes full inventory of his clients’ needs as an individual or family unit. He focuses on their “wants” and skillfully guides them through each step of the transaction so the decision is made through a process rather than an impulse-buy. He is an expert negotiator and is aware that obtaining the right purchase price is crucial as well as being “hands-on” during inspections to validate the fiscal viability of the property.
Going the extra mile for his clients is a personal point of pride for Michael and he fully understands that when someone chooses him as their realtor, he has a huge fiduciary responsibility to fulfill. Michael uses his trained eye to examine his listings with a fine toothcomb to help offset any future pitfalls or points of contention. Very detail oriented, he methodically markets the home ensuing as much traffic to the home as possible.
Michael has volunteered for Citizens for Animal Protection since 2011 and was the recipient of an award from CAP in 2016 for his contributions to the non-profit. He is the owner of the film production company, Flashback Films Inc., and is involved in Opera in the Heights, the organization Aspire to Win, and is Executive Vice President of Marcia Feldman & Associates, a full service marketing and fundraising firm serving nonprofit organizations. Michael enjoys fishing, hiking and playing tennis and golf. He is married to well-known hair stylist and salon owner, Jessica Raak. They are avid art lovers and enjoy traveling.